The LA Angels have slowly been rebuilding their farm system. They do have some top-tier prospects in the form of Jo Adell and Jahmai Jones, but there is one outfielder slipping through the cracks.
The LA Angels drafted Michael Hermosillo in the 28th round of the 2013 draft. Ever since, he has been proving the Angels organization they stole him that late in the draft. He is still only 22, after being drafted out of high school.
More from Halo Hangout
- New York Post columnist has LA Angels bringing veteran starter back to LA
- Dodgers make wild mistake signing failed LA Angels starter
- Why LA Angels’ Qualifying Offer to Raisel Iglesias could become historical
- Both Gold Glove finalists for LA Angels getting snubbed is a complete joke
- Marcus Stroman definitely appears to be interested in the LA Angels
There is no doubt Hermosillo has the athleticism to succeed at the highest level. He was an above-average football player in high school. With all the athletic potential needed, Hermosillo’s development has been all about refining his technique and learning the finer aspects of baseball.
One thing that does not need any conditioning is Hermosillo’s approach at the plate. He is extremely mature in the batter’s box. This has taken his offensive game to a new level. He does not strike out very often, and draws walks better than the average 22-year old.
Hermosillo will never be a huge home run hitter. However, he has been focused on adding strength since being drafted. The hard work seems to finally be paying off in the big fly department, as he has five in 22 games for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.
In the field, Hermosillo is very efficient with his routes. He has played all three outfield positions, but center seems to be his true home. His base running could use work, as Hermosillo seems to rely on his speed rather than technique in that department.
In terms of his future, Hermosillo will almost certainly have a Spring Training invite in 2018. With both Cameron Maybin and Ben Revere set to hit the market this offseason, there could very well be an open left field spot next season. If Hermosillo can’t win that, starting out as the team’s fourth outfielder would not be a bad way to start his career as he adapts to pro life.
With top prospects Adell and Jones both playing outfield, Hermosillo may have competition in the next few years, but until then, he could be the long-term answer in left field.